Working with GSA on projects to benefit the aviation community

9 January 2017

Over 120 participants enthusiastically applauded a two-day workshop on aviation projects run by EUROCONTROL and the European GNSS Agency (GSA): “The event proved to be a real success, largely because aviation stakeholders could learn from each other's experience in implementing projects of benefit to the aviation community as a whole,” they declared.

The workshop took place concurrently with the 11th RAiSG (RNAV Approach implementation Support Group) meeting at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague on 30 November-1 December 2016.

Held in the context of the Framework Cooperation Programme between EUROCONTROL and the GSA, the workshop was attended by national air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and authorities, civil and military aircraft operators, pilots, international representative associations and equipment manufacturers.

The first day of the meeting was dedicated to sharing experiences of the different aviation projects funded under the current “EGNOS adoption aviation” grants programme.

Presentations by several aircraft operators (HOP, AirGreen, Norsk Luftambulance/Five Lives Advisory Group (NLA/FLAG)), airports (Kortrijk in Belgium and Brighton in the UK), and CAAs/ANSPs (Irish Aviation Authority, Luftfartsverket (LFV, CAA of Sweden) and Austro Control) focused on challenges encountered and progress made in specific projects. These include:

  • implementation of LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical guidance) capable systems in regional aircraft
  • implementation of PinS (Point in Space) LPV for helicopter life-critical operations in Piedmont, Italy
  • large-scale implementation of LPV procedures to improve accessibility and enhance performance in many European countries.

The second day was devoted to the 11th RAiSG meeting; the agenda covered items such as the latest developments on SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) CAT I operational safety assessment guidance and a status report on EGNOS Service Provision.

The presentations over both days led to much debate and lively question & answer sessions between presenters and the audience. Overall, the event highlights the continuing strong cooperation between EUROCONTROL and the GSA, which have been working together since 2014 to contribute jointly to Europe’s GNSS policies for aviation, developing advanced systems and operations based on space-based technology. Together, the two bodies work on improving airport accessibility, aviation efficiency and air traffic management capacity and processes; and reducing safety risks and costs.

This cooperation was reinforced in 2015 with the signature of a Framework Partnership Agreement, covering a seven-year period, and focusing on a range of activities, including:

  • definition of aviation user requirements for EGNOS and Galileo
  • support to European GNSS services in the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) area
  • coordination in aviation research and development
  • standardisation and regulatory aspects
  • aviation-specific GNSS performance monitoring
  • support for European GNSS aviation activities at an international level.

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